For me, teaching is an opportunity to co-learn with students. A benefit of working at a small liberal arts college is that I get to teach widely, from bioethics to logic and from philosophy of race to cognitive science. Below are courses I have taught at University of Puget Sound.
My intro-level teaching goal is to show students the utility of philosophical tools and concepts for understanding the world. In this course, students learn about the sociopolitical significance of language and knowledge, and use tools and concepts introduced to understand contemporary and historical injustices around the globe. While it may not be the conventional introduction to philosophy, I have argued that this course is still an introduction to philosophy. In addition, I have also outlined the pedagogical considerations behind its design.
This course approaches racialization and racism from diverse philosophical angles. There is a special focus to go beyond the standard black-and-white logic in the American context.
This course for graduating philosophy majors is supposedly about philosophical methods. But that is just so that students can do the project they want to do, with a variety of philosophical methods. The ethos of the course is do-it-together, exemplified by my own attempt to write a new paper as students write theirs, so that they can grasp the necessity of having many terrible ideas and writing many terrible drafts.
In 2019, I advised Samantha Lilly on their honors thesis “Epistemic Injustice and Suicidality”, which grew from their work in the philosophical methods seminar. In 2021, I advised Hannah Stockton on her summer research project “The Role of Thought in Enactivism”. I am open to work with all students, but I am best able to advise students who have had significant interactions with me in classes or whose project significantly overlaps with my own current research interests.